Apr 052019
 

Currently at Hauser & Wirth’s Los Angeles location is Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time.

From the press release

Piero Manzoni. Materials of His Time is the first exhibition with the gallery and the first in Los Angeles in over 20 years devoted to the seminal figure of postwar Italian Art and progenitor of Conceptualism. Curated by Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo, director of the Piero Manzoni Foundation in Milan, this exhibition focuses on Manzoni’s revolutionary approach to unconventional materials through the exploration of what he dubbed ‘Achromes’ – paintings without color. Over 70 ‘Achromes’ will be on view, comprised of such materials as sewn cloth, cotton balls, fiberglass, synthetic and natural fur, straw, cobalt chloride, polystyrene, stones, and more. The exhibition situates Manzoni as a peer of such artists as Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein, whose experiments continue to influence contemporary art-making today. ‘Materials of His Time’ will also present, for the first time, the items on a wish list Manzoni outlined in a 1961 letter to his friend Henk Peeters: a room all in white fur, and another coated in fluorescent paint, totally immersing the visitor in white light.

The “Achromes” are simple but pleasing in their graphic simplicity. Lacking in color, they stand out against the soothing muted colors of the walls.

Heading upstairs, there’s something so delightful about stepping into the white fur room that fulfills Manzoni’s dream. The room itself has a white felt floor and fake fur lines the walls, ceiling and door. It may not be as thrilling now that installation art is more common in museums and galleries, but after reading the artist’s quote, knowing he got his wish makes it much more special. The artist died in 1963 at the young age of 29, too soon to see how much would change in the art world. Also, after seeing an exhibition that focuses on objects with so many different textures, having a chance to touch the furry walls is oddly satisfying.

This exhibition closes 4/7/19.

Sep 132018
 

Vagabon- Cold Apartment

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (9/13-9/16/18)-

Thursday

Slothrust are playing a free acoustic set at Amoeba Records before their show at Lodge Room on Friday

Downtown LA’s Artwalk returns for its monthly event

Gold Star are playing at Highland Park Ebell with Shannon Lay and Harrison Whitford opening

The Wiltern is having a movie night with a screening of Pulp Fiction

Azealia Banks is playing at The Fonda Theatre

Friday

Rostam are playing at The Fonda Theatre with Bedouine opening

Slothrust are playing at Lodge Room with Summer Cannibals opening

Poet Olivia Gatwood will be performing at the Bootleg Theater with poet Edwin Bodney and singer Joaquina Mertz

The Aero Theatre is hosting a Hitchcock double feature- Notorious and Suspicion

Juana Molina is performing at The Teragram Ballroom

Hooveriii are having a record release party at The Echo with Frankie & The Witch Fingers and Patrick Nolan & Perfection also performing

Saturday

Vagabon will be performing at The Getty for their free music series Off The 405

Allah-Las are headlining the free Open Arts & Music Festival in downtown Glendale. Other musical performers include The Altons, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Thumpasaurus, plus there will also be art demonstrations, an arts market, art installations and more

In conjunction with the opening of LACE’s exhibition The Mojave Project, there will be a conversation with Mojave Project director Kim Stringfellow and writer, activist and NPCA California Desert program manager Chris Clarke from 2:30-4pm before the reception for 4-7pm (free)

The Hitchcock double feature series continues at the Aero Theatre tonight with Rear Window and Rope

GØGGS are playing at The Teragram Ballroom with Shark Toys and C57BL/6 opening

Oddnesse and Livingmore are opening for Gold Casio at The Hi Hat

Sunday

Artist Larry Bell will be in conversation with Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi at Hauser & Wirth in conjunction with his current exhibition at the gallery Complete Cubes

Alvvays are opening for The War on Drugs at The Hollywood Bowl

Prism Tats are performing at The Hi Hat with Bryan John Appleby, and Tomten opening

Patti Smith, Karen O, Flea, Lucinda Williams, and Talib Kweli are just some of the performers gathering at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel for a concert for Pathway to Paris, “a non profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris agreement into reality”

White Boy Scream are performing a free show at Zebulon with Hit Bargain, Nephila, and William Hutson + Ted Byrnes also performing

Saint Etienne are playing at The Fonda Theatre

The Bootleg Theater is hosting a night of punk rock bands- Youth Brigade, Lower Class Brats, JFA and Mystery Actions

 

May 192018
 

This weekend head to Hauser & Wirth to check out artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition New Works. His first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles in over fifteen years, the paintings included continue to explore societal issues through his dramatic use of color, and his unique technique- which involves combining layers of printed paper with paint and then cutting into these layers to create intricate patterns and shapes. They are incredible to see in person.

From the press release-

Bradford employs the ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.

In the new works on view at Hauser & Wirth, Bradford probes stories found in comic books to question the archetype of the antihero and the influence of the media on contemporary society, while also revisiting misconceptions of black identity and gender as seen in previous works. ‘New Works’ presents paintings that extend the artist’s examination of homophobia and racism in American society, continuing themes explored in Bradford’s multimedia installation ‘Spiderman’ (2015), which was shown at the Hammer Museum in LA in 2015.

Also at the Hauser & Wirth space are two other exhibitions worth checking out- Louise Bourgeois: The Red Sky and Romanian artist Geta Brătescu’s The Leaps of Aesop. All of these shows close 5/20/18.

If you go on 5/19, at 2pm artist Matthew Day Jackson will be discussing his work with curator Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART.